Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
Mild drizzle, misty conditions: Fort Clatsop’s Netul Landing Location: Clatsop County, Oregon. Outside of Astoria proper, on Fort Clatsop Road, just south of the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center on the east side of the road. Look for signs.
The replica of Fort Clatsop stands near a visitor center and trails designed to educate the public about the history of the region.
The mellow, flat Netul River Trail leads along the Lewis and Clark River from the main parking lot and takes you all the way to the Fort Clatsop replica and visitor center. Along the way, you cross several bridges with views of the slough and the chance to see river otters. You can break off from the trail early, cross the highway and connect to the South Clatsop Slough Trail. This trail climbs steeply and is a bit more rugged but connects to other trail systems in the park, including the popular Fort to Sea trail. A drizzly, misty day sets off this area to perfection, making moss and ferns gleam and encouraging ducks to quack and frogs to croak. Visit it on sunny days, too. There are no rules!
Along the way, you cross several bridges with views of the slough and the chance to see river otters.
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